It’s often said that one of the biggest disadvantages to retaining young people in Narrabri Shire is that they have to leave to get further education and/or training.
And once they leave, it’s hard to get them to come back.
However, there are several initiatives looking to address this, including the Agcap program and
possible trades training and a Country University Centre.
Another program has been held quietly at Narrabri High School this year. It is, pun intended, part of a pilot which might see it rolled out even further, including for Wee Waa High School students, next year.
Five Year 11 students at Narrabri High School have been undertaking a Certificate III in Aviation, specifically for remote pilot aircraft systems, better known as drones.
The course is being conducted by Newcastle-based Uavair, with instructor Manny Tishlakis travelling up fortnightly.
Mr Tishlakis said there was a great demand for qualified drone pilots, especially locally.
“When they finish and obtain their certificate, they can go and work for anybody,” he said.